Every month, the odometer of Maxime, 23, shows 2,100 additional kilometres. His Peugeot 2008 travels 90 kilometers to connect his home and the office where he is doing his work-study program in human resources, near Maubeuge, in the North. Also, for Maxime, gasoline, which increased by around 40 euro cents per liter between January and June, has become his main concern. He devotes half of his salary of 870 euros to it.
Now he thinks twice before joining his girlfriend, who lives in a small town across the border in Belgium, near Mons. “I have to tell him ‘we’re not seeing each other this week’ because at the end of the month I risk being ric-rac on gasoline he sighs.
Over a year, he easily accumulates 24,000 kilometers to get back to his job. It falls into the category of “big rollers” in the eyes of the Ministry of the Economy (from 12,000 kilometers per year). Thus, like 11 million employees, self-employed or work-study, Maxime will be able, in October, to benefit from the new fuel allowance provided for by the government. This is one of the flagship measures of the “purchasing power package” presented on July 7 to fight against rising prices and inflation, estimated at 5.8% over one year according to INSEE.
“It’s time to calculate”: words of those who need gasoline to work
Concretely, the aid will be between 100 and 200 euros. It will be reserved for people earning less than 14,100 eur
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